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Report: Microsoft To Buy Minecraft Studio For $2bn+

AlabamaCajun Re:No. (368 comments)

To the Board of Directors of Microsoft.
Keep your ****ing hands off of Mojang. Microsoft has already destroyed Word Perfect, Lotus 123/Visicalc, Borland C++, Startteam and many other great tools that worked with your monopolistic ideals. Those products work and had few issues. Had they all been allowed to continue development through today computing would be more efficient and less frustrating. I know many are going to flame this letter but most are not aware of what is missing. We have no reason to export maps to Excel, nor check maps into team server (Mojang already has a good server, nor does it need to be a part of Internet eXploder. None of your products work the same, none of them are that great. Notch watch out for the Microsoft LBO guys the may attempt to leverage you out. The quick money of a buyout may put more ducks in your pockets but it will never replace what you have. Besides, your team enjoys more benefits that any Ms associate who has to wait until they are dead or retired to see any of their dividends and profit shares. Please accept the box of creepers I am sending as a token of appreciation for the consideration.

2 days ago

Scientists Capture the Sound Made By a Single Atom

AlabamaCajun Re:10^5 slower? (100 comments)

It's just a way of defining that the waveform is emitted at a fraction of the speed of the phoTon.
This may also relate to the waveform that the photon travels at. Thus it's light frequency is governed by the collective frequency of the atoms in the element that is excited to emit photons. (Laypersons terms) This changes my perspective on why the color LEDs emit depends on the chemicals used.

3 days ago

Scientists Capture the Sound Made By a Single Atom

AlabamaCajun Re:forest (100 comments)

I thought Eve fell in the forest.

Oh, though you said Adam in some Garden.
Anyway, according to my wife it was atoms fault.

3 days ago

Why You Shouldn't Use Spreadsheets For Important Work

AlabamaCajun Only true if you are using Excell (422 comments)

I knew accountants that did many things with spreads that worked.
One ran many company ledgers on Lotus 123 including printing the balance sheets.
In another case one accountant ran a companies pricing on spreads even though there was a mainframe that could have done it. (Job Security). This too was Lotus spreads.
I will agree with the author that considering the bugs and problems with Excel, Access and Word speak volumes to that fact they are now just interim tools not permanent storage and retrieval.I tell people all the time Access and Excel are just work tools.

about 4 months ago

A 32-bit Development System For $2

AlabamaCajun Re:PIC (138 comments)

I've been tinkering with the PICs since 2002 before that it was the ELF2 Cosmac 1802 and the intel 8085 explorer 85.
Yes the PICs are my chip of choice and can get them for a buck or s free sample from Microchip when I feel the need to get something freshly minted. I just finished a scrumptious salad grown in a hydroponics system run by a PIC 16F629 and a few components. Olimex programer works great except when you put the chip in backwards. (Guess what it still works after that torture test, I don't know if the Atmels are that hardy).
It's still worth it to get the Raspberry PI, Arduino or Chipkit for the fun and up and running environment that's ready out the box and you support the development teams that bring these systems to a level more people can access without touching a soldering iron (just the handle, not the tip tsssssssssss).

about 4 months ago

Let's Call It 'Climate Disruption,' White House Science Adviser Suggests (Again)

AlabamaCajun Re:Eh? (568 comments)

It's more at the officials have finally cleared the way for calling it for what it really is. The real scientific community (Not the Fox channel) has been saying this since the first name change. We mostly knew we were the cause but when GW came out we were waiting for the "guberment" to catch up.

about 4 months ago

ISS Studies Show Bacteria From Earth Could Colonize Mars

AlabamaCajun Re:how long? (103 comments)

Ironically, earth is a greenhouse, we waste just about everything.
Keep the humans off of Mars, we will infect it. As long as we clean out bots we send there we should be able to get by with remote surfing the sands of Mars.

about 4 months ago

"Smart" Gun Seller Gets the Wrong Kind of Online Attention

AlabamaCajun Re:A firearm that depends on a battery? (1374 comments)

Then don't buy one.

Ain't that the truth!

In a real capitalist society we could buy them but unfortunately we have sunken to an Oligarchy where the few rule on what we can buy. This is the point I'm upset about. I don't have a NRA card and for this would not get one, cancel your membership. Looks NRA has actually stepped on the second amendment and blocked our freedom to bear technical arms.

about 4 months ago

'The Door Problem' of Game Design

AlabamaCajun Re:Will the door have windows? (305 comments)

Try Minecraft! Yes you can see through all standard doors and hatches. The only question is can you get shot through the window? Skeletons and witches are the only above ground enemy that have weapons. You also have access to the bow and can throw things. So far I have not seen any projectile pass through.

if (door.state == HalfOpen)
Debug.WriteLine ("Can't determine what the door is doing, Try knocking on the door");

about 5 months ago

Oklahoma Moves To Discourage Solar and Wind Power

AlabamaCajun Re:Something wrong at the foundation - (504 comments)

Solar owners are investors too and should be considered as such.
The PC did not have to buy fuel, have is shipped in, burn it in any equipment or use any large transmission cables. Bottom line this customer is considered an asset on the P&L. Assets only cost you a little operating cost. This asset is already paying infra-structure fees to connect in the first place so they have already paid admission to play in the game. I have gas service that charges me monthly even when I don't use it. As most consumers do, we have no say in what goes on the bill nor is it free market where I can shop around.

Oklahoma governing body, I call this BS and shame on you for the way you treat your citizens. You are less than Putin in my books.

about 5 months ago

Google and Facebook: Unelected Superpowers?

AlabamaCajun Re:Who watches the watchers (243 comments)

Finally some folks can see the forest for the trees (better the network for the servers).
Government we elect, select and buy.
The Big Corps just take our money and use it to buy more votes.
Buy the time the masses realize what has happened it will be too late to roll it back. Like anything before it will mess up a lot of peoples lives but the rest will go on. The strong will survive is what they say but damn the rest. Google does a lot for a lot of people are a very effective price (Free). As for the rest they take and give little back. I won't defend Google as once it gains enough power it could become a planetary nightmare that makes "The Matrix" look like a fun game in comparison to what becomes of the real thing.
Speaking for the US and a state called Alabama, have we learned anything yet since 2000?

about 5 months ago

Why Portland Should Have Kept Its Water, Urine and All

AlabamaCajun Re:Don't tell them that... (332 comments)

Birds, Fish and most of the non-human animal kingdom don't do drugs except those on the farms far from this piss hole. But how many parts per 38 million are we talking here. As what others have said that pee is not the bigger worry but a potential for poisoning gets pushed to the top of worries. Puts some steel walls around this pond for crying out loud. Except for the urea the pee is a lot cleaner then just about everything else getting into that water.

about 5 months ago

Blender Foundation Video Taken Down On YouTube For Copyright Violation

AlabamaCajun Re:Stop using Youtube (306 comments)

You got it, it's Corporate Censorship. I keep hearing people talk about being free, freedom this, freedom that but support are still playing ho to these corporate giants.
Yeah we have our guns but what can we do with them but shoot things.
We also have other ways to be free and that is fair use. I can't see the video to judge for myself but Sony is loosing ground and will soon split up so I still won't buy their sh!t.

about 5 months ago

Senate Report Says CIA Misled Government About Interrogation Methods

AlabamaCajun Re:So Arrest Them (207 comments)

Dah! come on it was all over the media as early as 2006 this was happening. Who needed congressional insight when it was already known this was happening that even the pawn channels like NBC, Fox and others were even showing this regularly after it became widely known. The CIA has been doing this for a lot longer but it was just not that easy to catch them before.
What next, will we have a senate hearing on the military using depleted Uranium bullets in Iraq?

about 5 months ago

Why Buy Microsoft Milk When the Google Cow Is Free?

AlabamaCajun Re:Not the only reason..... (409 comments)

Not only are the MS products more difficult they are loaded with bugs and annoying built in features.
Why pay for a broken product(s).
When You Shift-End to highlight a line then hit copy it picks up the CR/LF or BR at the end. OO and Libre'- Write does do not. The ribbon is the most annoying pile of crap I've seen. Extra space below the line is on by default and not intuitive on how to get rid of it. In general the editing features of the MS product as non-productive in almost all aspects. I find is easier to just use visual studio and write text files leaving word for once in a blue moon fancy document. (At home I use Write).
I'm also battling with conversion errors on the MS-spreadsheets and MS-email (yuch) programs with many annoying ticks in their ways of doing things. I started on Word Perfect which was hands down the nest writing tool anywhere yet MS-Office knocked it out of normal existence. I won't even start on Windows 8 as that is another pile of junk for another day.
Maybe if more people start speaking up Microsoft with just go on to produce compiler and database tools and get out of the rest of the field. (I've yet to get ahold of a Windows phone yet another pretty flower in the field you pick and when you bring it home it stinks I suspect).

about 6 months ago

$30K Worth of Multimeters Must Be Destroyed Because They're Yellow

AlabamaCajun Re:Damn, donate them already (Great Response) (653 comments)

Think of the ecological damage by destroying them on top of wasting resources. Someone call Fluke and see if there is a way to buy out the cost of the infringement just so a butt load of ewaste is not generated.

about 6 months ago

Is One Laptop Per Child Winding Down?

AlabamaCajun Re:OS agnosticism is a mistake (111 comments)

" the organization is becoming more hardware and OS agnostic" so they don't believe in hardware and OSs anymore?
Last time I heard the word Agnostic used, it was Microsoft did not believe in software.

about 6 months ago

Mars Rover Opportunity Faces New Threat: Budget Ax

AlabamaCajun Re:90 day budget (185 comments)

Why don't we just fly a couple of the friggen F35s to mars and use them their. That would give other superpowers reason to put military hardware in the pink skies also. That in turn would give the red planet some CIA green.

about 6 months ago

Ask Slashdot: How Can I Prepare For the Theft of My Android Phone?

AlabamaCajun Re:How exactly was it stolen? (374 comments)

In Alabama (US) we keep our cell in a holster and the pistol tucked in our jeans.

about 6 months ago

Facebook Wants To Block Illegal Gun Sales

AlabamaCajun CALL the NRA (310 comments)

I'm calling the nra because it's my rights under the 2nd amendment to sell firearms (within state laws) and none of their fakebooking business.

about 6 months ago


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